MINUTES OF THE LAKE BARCROFT
ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
December 13, 2006
The meeting of the Lake Barcroft Association (LBA) was
called to order at 7:35 PM by President Stuart Feldstein at 6425 Lakeview
Drive, Falls Church, Virginia. Those
present were LBA Directors Stuart Feldstein, David Goslin, Jerry Mendenhall,
Lark Lovering, Kevin Howe, Steve Klein, Pete Walker, Mark Cavich, Carolyn
Coldren, Bill Herz, Shirley Timashev and Frank Aukofer. Other guests included Charles de Seve, Davis
Grant and Tony Bracken from the Watershed Improvement District.
The minutes of November 8, 2006 were approved as corrected.
The agenda was reviewed. Stuart reported that lake resident Cricket
Clayton would like LBA to have an emergency preparedness day in the spring to
educate residents on emergency items that they should have in their homes. This will be presented by her at the January
CALENDAR REVIEW: The
calendar was reviewed.
WID UPDATE: Chuck de
Seve discussed future dredging costs.
Since the WID will be mobilizing to do the dredging covered by the
recent FEMA grant, they will also carry out other planned dredging at the same
time. Davis Grant presented charts
showing current sedimentation build up and discussed the strategies for
improving water flow to direct sedimentation build up to areas which are
accessible to the dredging equipment and less of an impediment to
navigation. Under normal circumstances,
dredging would occur every four years.
Pits are being emptied at beach #3 and #5 in preparation for
dredging that will begin in March. A new
technique of pumping out water as dredging material is pumped in has markedly
reduced drying time, from three years to one.
Chuck discussed the dam safety regulatory issue that will
affect all county dam operators. The
discussion is proceeding at a technical level at present. A state process is underway and Chuck updated
the Board on the current status of the technical discussion. A lengthy discussion took place. Kevin complimented the WID on the recent
award of a $315,000 FEMA grant.
UPDATE FROM NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Dave reported that the committee met and
Pete, Carolyn and Stuart have agreed to run again. Joe Pisciotta, Cindy Waters, Ben Cooper, Lisa
Levine, Paula Rothenberg and Kimberly Smith have agreed to run for the
Board. Nine people will be running to
fill 6 slots on the Board. Stuart
thanked Dave and the committee for all of their hard work.
2007 FINAL BUDGET PREPARATION: Jerry presented a proposed budget for 2007
for the Board’s review. Motion by Dave,
seconded by Carolyn that the proposed budget be accepted as presented. All in favor.
BAILEY’S PLANNING EVENTS:
Lark reported on the Bailey’s revitalization district and the recent
study conducted by the Urban Land Institute.
The ULI will produce a final written report in March but an initial
presentation of the results of their interviews was given on December 8. The ULI envisions impressive development,
especially on the two quadrants south and east of Columbia Pike, with the most
density to occur on the eastern quadrant. (Bamian, Babies R Us.) This
development needs to planned with strong county support and proceed in clearly
stated stages which will take up to twenty years to complete. Proposals for improving the streetscape
between Bailey’s and Seven Corners were also mentioned. The Weissberg Corporation expects to proceed
first with its development of the southern (Acura dealership) quadrant between
Moncure and Route Seven. This is
envisioned as a real gathering place, with an international market and green
space, county facilities, underground and on street parking, a theater, and a
real sense of “place.” Other entities
control the eastern quadrant.
ULI emphasized that all this development should be
contingent on full county and state support of greatly improved transportation
to Bailey’s and that, in addition, good overall design of the projects will be
crucial. They propose several light rail
stops (Jefferson St, Carlyn Springs, Seminary Road) and the extension of
Seminary Road to Columbia Pike. The
light rail system would be largely paid for by Arlington County and Fairfax
would benefit a great deal from a relatively small investment to continue it up
to Bailey’s. The higher density eastern quadrant would be developed with a grid
of streets to improve traffic flow through the new neighborhood. A pedestrian connection across Columbia Pike between
the Trader Joe’s/ Best Buy quadrant and the new Weissberg development would be
The lack of ULI mention of metro connection was
disappointing but at least ULI emphasized that commitment to the light rail is
Moving responsibility for these efforts to Chairman
Connolly’s office indicates a new level of county commitment.
HOME BASED BUSINESSES:
Stuart stated that periodically he is contacted about this issue and
asked the Board their opinion. The issue
was discussed. No action was taken.
Stuart was informed by some residents that VDOT has said that they do
not have money for needed maintenance due to budget issues. Frank suggested getting elected
Stuart reported that he, Kevin, and George McLennan have
dealt with the Charles Foster Tree Service.
Recently parking was permitted for him on LBA property but he will now
be asked to stop using LBA property for parking his equipment.
Stuart has received a proposal from the JEB Stuart crew team
for use of the lake for practices for the upcoming season. Stuart gave the proposed contract to Kevin
for his review since he was involved with this issue last year. The Board agreed to allow them to continue
upon review of the contract. Aukofer made the motion, Coldren seconded it, and
all were in favor of another contract with the JEB Stuart crew team.
Kevin reported that he is still talking with the engineer
about estimates for funds needed for replacement and maintenance of the
Cloisters retaining walls. They will
determine if it is necessary to fund for full replacement value and if the
amount currently collected is sufficient to cover maintenance. Gerry pointed out that we should get a
written statement that the life of the retaining wall is not an issue as long
as we maintain it.
reported that the bank along one side of Beach 5 has been cleared, and papers
and mulch have been laid down.
Parcel A’s plantings have died but are under warranty and
will be replaced.
Shirley stated that she would like to see some new people involved with
special events. She is working on a
WATER SAFETY/BEACH MAINTENANCE: David will begin working on this issue
shortly. He stated that something should
appear in the upcoming newsletter. He is
not optimistic about finding someone within the community for the coming summer
although he is trying.
Jerry reported on a recent meeting with Chris and the Bank of America to
allow electronic access to the account.
ARC: Kevin stated he
had nothing new to report.
Pete said police are still working on the recent burglaries.
Bill has completed the boat inspections for the season and thanked the
people who helped out.
Diane Davidson and Bill Herz attended a Cameron Run meeting
regarding watershed management and have some hopes that the county will fund the ideas presented.
Bill has reviewed the previous handbook regarding
environmental quality in preparation for producing a new handbook.
reported 4 transfers received in November.
reported on the update of the website and hopes that will see something in
Lawson will check with JEB Stuart for Feb. 28 for the annual
meeting with the 27 as a fallback.
Gerry asked if the newsletter will need a subsidy for the
coming year and Frank will check and report on this.
The Board meeting was adjourned 10:05pm.
Respectfully submitted by,
Lark Lovering, Secretary